There’s no doubt that eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. But shopping for fresh produce means you have to deal with something dangerous – pesticide residue. Unless you buy organic, fresh vegetables and fruits will contain some traces of pesticides. Here are the fruits and veggies that have the most residues and how you should deal with it.
This is a heartbreaker – but it doesn’t mean you need to avoid them. Strawberries have been found to be the top carrier of pesticide residue in the supermarket today. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that detectable pesticide residue was found in 98 percent of the strawberries sampled from the store.
Apples used to have the highest amount of detectable pesticide residue, but strawberries took over that spot. Most apples test positive for residue, many containing more than one type of pesticide.
Just like apples and strawberries, this tangy fruit has regularly tested positive for many types of pesticide residue. According to the EWG, Americans eat about eight pounds of this fruit each year, so if you buy a lot of nectarines for your family take note.
A popular post-school snack, the celery available in most stores tests positive for up to 13 different types of pesticides. So, either switch to organic or take special precautions when preparing this crisp veg for your family.
Before you make that peach pie take note: The USDA has found pesticide residue on peaches, but this residue is within the tolerable levels set up by the Environmental Protection Agency. You need to decide for yourself if this level is acceptable or not for you and your family.
Cherries are really good for you, but of the fruits listed here you need to take note that they contain the most pesticide residue of all fruits and veggies tested. Cherries happen to contain a lot of pesticide residue.
Is Pesticide Residue Unsafe?
The EPA says that even if pesticide residue is found on a fruit or vegetable that doesn’t mean it is unsafe. But, the American Academy of Pediatrics states that children are a population that is susceptible to pesticide exposure. It can increase the risk of pediatric cancer and may even be linked to some behavior issues in children as well as difficulty learning. So, there may be a lot of advantages to feeding organic produce grown without pesticides to your children — just to err on the side of safety.
What You Can Do
Removing pesticides are not as difficult as you may think. You can simply use a solution of one part distilled white vinegar to nine parts water in order to wash it away. Soak your fruits and veg for 15 or 20 minutes in the solution and then rinse them off. Then enjoy!
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